The Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced that they will live stream their performance at Egypt’s historic Pyramids of Giza on March 15. The concert, which marks the Grammy-winning rock band’s first performance in the North African country, will be broadcast to fans via the band’s official YouTube page as well as on Twitter and Facebook, beginning at 11:00pm UAE/10:00pm KSA.
Ahead of the concert, the rock group’s frontman Anthony Kiedis was spotted immersing himself in Egypt’s rich culture. Wearing a grey galabeya and headwrap, Kiedis was seen dancing along to traditional Egyptian music.
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#SceneSpotted: Red Hot @ChiliPeppers frontman Anthony Kiedis (looking rather dashing in his grey galabeya) immerses himself in Egypt’s rich and surprisingly groovy musical culture ahead of the band’s massive gig at the Pyramids on Friday 15th of March. Can’t wait for that saeedi-inspired next album… Video: @redhotchilinews
The American band who gave us Zephyr and Californication announced the exciting news of the impending concert on their Twitter account via a short video that featured a compilation of clips of previous concerts. Co-founder and bassist Flea (born Michael Balzary) then expressed his excitement to finally play in Egypt on his Instagram page. “Before each new place my body tingled with excitement, a yearning for a new mystery to unfold, a fascination with a new culture, the possibility of new friends, tasting new food, smelling new tastes, absorbing new rhythms,” he wrote. “Learning. Learning. Learning. It is happening right now, my heart is abuzz with joy at the prospect of performing in Egypt. I’m so grateful and humbled for the experience.”
The hotly-anticipated performance will round out the musicians’ two-year-long world tour to promote their 11th studio album, The Gateway (2016), which saw them take the stage in Amsterdam, Spain, Mexico, and Germany, among other countries.
However, the Red Hot Chili Peppers won’t be the first band to grace the ancient site once inhabited by the Pharaohs. The band will follow in the footsteps of legendary artists Frank Sinatra and Pink Floyd who performed on the same stage in 1970 and 1971, respectively. In 1978, The Grateful Dead also held three shows at the foot of the Great Sphinx.